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Gina’s gift

Rhona Canoy . SO… The news of Ms. Gina Lopez’s passing, although not a surprise, was greeted with a lot of sadness because of what she stood for, for each of us and as a community. Her love for the environment and for its protection was the mission to which …

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Better safe than sorry

Egay Uy . LAST week, I had a brief but fruitful talk with Department of Energy (DOE) Director Nilo Geroche of Davao.  He was in Cagayan de Oro for some official business. We talked about the DOE’s campaign against the illegal refilling and trading, and use of, single-use butane canisters. …

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Brexit and ICC exit

Jude Josue Sabio . IN late April 2017, I personally went to and submitted with the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court that first communication charging President Duterte with crime against humanity through mass murder under the Rome Statute. To a certain extent, it is just like a situation …

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‘Love is all we need’

Netnet Camomot . SIMON Cowell has lost 20 pounds and his fans hardly recognized him at first. His weight loss secret: a vegan diet. But “America’s Got Talent’s” (AGT) main attraction for now is not Cowell but the blind autistic singer and pianist Kodi Lee, 22, who has been wowing …

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Thirty-six years ago

Karl Gaspar . DAVAO City — A 20-year period is considered one generation. Thus if one were to bring in the number 36, that would mean the equivalent of almost two generations. For millennials and Generation Z, 36 years ago would seem like “pre-historic times,” for, indeed, the year 1983 …

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Keep off the youth

Cong Corrales . I WAS looking at my notes for a second part on “brainwashing” when this press release came in my e-mail inbox. It may have started in a Manila-located state university — the Polytechnic University of the Philippines — but make no mistake, this witch hunt of this …

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Ninoy’s love of God and country

Fr. Leo Pabayo . EVERY time we sing our national anthem we come upon the phrases “Lupa ng araw ng lualhati’t pagsinta, buhay ay langit sa piling mo. Aming ligaya na pa’g may mang-aapi, ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.” These words remind us of our national heroes who, like …

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There is dengue; there’s no water

Batas Mauricio . AT the mythical barber shop belonging to Pedrong Kalbo, here was what they talked about: Pedrong Kalbo: The dengue problem has really become frighteningly worse. It is said that there is now a great number of people afflicted with the disease on account of the proliferation of …

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Motivating the young

Fr. Roy Cimagala . ONE very gratifying task I do is talking with young people, usually those in the school where I work, and being given the chance to help them in some way. It’s amazing that just by inviting them for a short chat, they would already feel very …

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Anti-subversion law comeback

THE restoration of the Anti-Subversion law will merely add to this government’s arsenal of repressive laws. It will add another moniker to the Duterte government’s many labels against critics and activists. From destabilizers, demons, enemies of the State, terrorists, here now comes the newest recycled label: subversives. All these serve …

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